Laredo, Texas

Rich in south-of-the-border flavor, Laredo is the major international crossing along the U.S.- Mexican border. Established by Spanish land grant in 1755, Laredo became the county seat when Webb County organized in 1848. The city has served under seven flags. Today this bustling border city, known as the Gateway to Mexico, has a diversifed economy stemming from such sources as retail and wholesale consumer products, importing and exporting (Laredo is the nation's largest inland port), petroleum and natural gas, feeds and fertilizers, brick and tile, and visitors from both sides of Rio Grande. Laredo Community College and Texas A&M International University call Laredo home. The recent "maquiladora" industry, a binational manufacturing system where U.S. products are assembled in plants on the Mexican side, is prominent in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo. Since 1898 the Washington's Birthday Celebration has honored George Washington as the first Western Hemisphere leader to free a New World country from the dominion of European rule. The sixteen-day February fiesta is celebrated on both sides of the border and includes parades, fireworks, dances, and an impressive Abrazo coronation ceremony on the International Bridge II. Festivities strengthen friendly ties between Texas and Mexico.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Washington's Birthday Celebration Museum

Displays of sparkling gowns, photos and other memorabilia tell the story of Laredo's Washington's Birthday Celebration, now more than a century old. At 1000

Laredo, TX Museums

San Agustín Cathedral

Originally built in 1767; present structure, third on site, dates from 1872. Was elevated to the rank of Cathedral on Aug. 9, 2001. Part of the Webb County Heritage Trolley Tour. On San Agust'n Plaza in heart of old Spanish section.

Laredo, TX Historic Churches

Laredo Children's Museum

Through hands-on experimentation and exploration, museum encourages the explorer and inventor in children. West End Washington St. on campus of Laredo Community College. Branch museum located just off I-35

Laredo, TX Museums

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park

371-acre park near eastern city limits on the Bob Bullock Loop (Loop 20), just north of U.S. 59. Picnic facilities, RV facilities, camping, rest rooms, dump station, boat ramp, and fishing pier. The 1,656-acre lake is among the state'

Laredo, TX State Parks

Fort McIntosh

Established by Army in 1848 immediately following Mexican War, fort was in continuous use until May, 1946

Laredo, TX Forts

Things to do near Laredo, TX


Among eight city parks is 200-acre Veterans Memorial Park that offers picnicking, playground, pavilions, 9-hole golf course. ...

Kelly Golf Course

Course Access: MilitaryHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

Northern Hills Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

South Texas Museum

Small museum focuses on distinctive history and traditions of this South Texas region. Exhibits trace habitation from America...

San Antonio Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...